protagonist of "Ahaligai Venba" and "Ahalya" is
Ahalya, a character from Valmiki’s "Ramayana". Indra, the lord
of heavens, seduces Ahalya by taking the form of Gautaman,
Ahalya’s consort. An enraged Gautaman curses Ahalya
turns into stone. She is later redeemed by Rama.
epics explore the issue of
female chastity. The epics
emphasize the fact that since Ahalya did not willingly submit
to Indra’s wishes, she cannot be accused of moral depravity.
In "Ahalya" Rama reproaches Gautaman for being insensitive
to Ahalya’s plight. Both the epics recast a mythological tale
to address an issue that is of contemporary relevance.